Yes! Strings Attached…

Hi Everybody,

What a great meeting we just had. So many cute things to knit.

Kristen from Strings Attached will be there tonight also. I was going to title this blog, No! Strings Attached, but that would be wrong. Kristen had some real yummy yarn and some great ideas on some quick knits. So soft. I’ll see you tonight. I will have a couple of, not seen before, clever gift ideas myself.


Heather J.

PS. Valerie got a prize for bringing me 10 stars. If you see Valerie, give her a Star.


img_1768Hi Everybody,

It’s Sunday and everyone is at their place of worship. I’m not. I’m going to be making stars. Mom called and said she didn’t understand sk2p. I got my information from the Encyclopedia of knitting. (They didn’t capitalize the k). Their abbreviation for; slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slip stitch over; is sk2p. We knitters talk in code and beginners don’t understand why we just don’t spell it all out. We don’t want to waste space. What makes it more complicated is that you need to know which way to enter a stitch. You can go into a stitch so many different ways. I went into a stitch 9 times at my last knitting retreat. I will frame my piece when I am done with it. Did anyone understand that? I’m going to start making stars now. See you tomorrow. The first 10 people who give me 10 stars tomorrow. Yes, that will be 100 stars. (Don’t forget about the 100 hats we need to collect). You will recieve a reward for your generosity. Prizes for the stars only.

oops! I got ahead of myself.

S=slip, slide, send a K stitch somewhere.

K2= Knit 2 stitches together. That could be 2 previously knitted stitches or purl stitches.

P=pass slip stitch over or PSSO.

patt=pattern (just thought I’d throw that it)   It’s so hard to write a pattern.

See you tomorrow. Remember we are having a book sale. (Read previous blog)




Caps for kids and book sale at DKG

a58bae55-fb83-4d64-9e7f-68988513696fThe DKG has been asked to donate 100 caps for kids ages 3 to 5. So don’t forget to bring a few on Monday. (Not sure if they can be made of wool. I know premie caps can’t be made of wool)

Thank you,

Heather J.

Julie from Julie’s Knit Knacks will NOT be the vendor on Monday due to family commitments. Since we have no vendor we are going to have a book sale! Bring any knitting, quilt or craft related book to the meeting to sell. Or bring some cash and buy yourself an early holiday gift.

If you want to sell books, please have a “bookmark” sticking out of the top of the book with your name and price. Try to bring some ones for change.
Christine H.

Make me a star.

img_1760Hi Everybody,

I want to inspire you to make me a star. I have made these 2 stars today with bells and Pom-poms. Monday will be my first DKG meeting in months. I’m planning on having a great time seeing what everyone is knitting these days. I’m breaking out the wool I bought at Strings Attached. I’ve made 4 cowls and will barely have any to show for Show and Share on Monday. I keep giving them away.

Come knit with us this coming Monday. We will be sharing our Stars with you.

“Knit me a Star” pattern is here in its entire format. Thanks to my iPad.

Cast on 55 stitches. Cast on using yarn and appropriate size needles. I use acrylic worsted weight and size US 5-8 needles.

Correction: Knit a plain row now. (First pattern didn’t say to do this row). Mom’s Star looked a lot better than mine. There is always room for improvement.

Now decrease down to 5 stitches like this:

Do double decreasing (DD) evenly across every row. Yes every row!

Second row:

Knit 4 stitches (sts), *slip one stitch purlwise, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over (sk2p) or better understood as Double Decrease, knit 8stitches*, *  * across to last 4 stitches, knit.

Third row:

K3 * DD, K6* ; *  * across row. End K3

Forth row:

K2 *DD, K4*; *  * across row. End K2

Fifth row:

K1*DD, K 2*; *  * across row. End K1

DD across row. Cut yarn leaving a tail to sew it up.

Transfer stitches to other needle. Thread the tail through a blunt sewing needle and pull through 5 stitches. Pull up sorta tight. You can bury the end in here too.

Sew up seam. Get friend that crochets to go around the knitted star and then make a 20 chain hanger to loop and sew off.

Find someone to give it to. Make a sad face happy.

Yours Truly,









DKG Meeting Monday November 21st, 2016


November 21—Regular Meetings

Quick Projects for Holiday Giving
Lynn McCown

10 AM and 7 PM at St. Mary Center

The holidays are right around the corner and we need to be ready! Bring your ideas to share for quick holiday projects! Bring samples if you have them and pattern ideas! Lynn will moderate the discussion.

Julia’s Knit Knacks

October 17th 2016. Where will you be? DKG Meeting?

imageOctober 17—Regular Meetings

Yarn Gadgets
Christine Hall

10 AM and 7 PM at St. Mary Center

Let’s explore some of the gadgets available to help you create new objects with your yarn and fiber. Some of the gadgets to be shown will be an I-cord maker, Lucet,braid maker, Kumihimo disk braid maker, and Weavette loom!.

The Yarn Shop – Columbus, OH
Centerville Knit & Crochet – Centerville, OH

Hi Everybody,

The sweater is my “show and tell.” October 17th is my birthday. I won’t be with you for another fantastic meeting. Christine will have a great time showing you all of the gadgets. I learned Kumihimo a few years ago and now my Mom loves doing it. I make cat toys that just look marvelous with this technique. You can use thread or bulky yarn and you only use a soft disc. Easy to carry with you. No sharp objects.

I’ll be visiting a new baby girl on Monday. I knit her the sweater in this blog. If you have any pictures you would like to share. Go ahead. You can put it in this blog.


I’ll see you in November.







First DKG Meeting since summer break this coming Monday.

imageWhere did the summer go? I’m still hanging on. It’s time to start knitting those fall items (Lightweight sweater or jacket). Winter will soon be here. We need to make wool hats, mittens, slippers and scarves.

I’m sorry to say that I will have to miss the first meeting since our summer break. I am very disappointed. My work schedule has changed after many years. I always had Sunday’s off. Now I work every other Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Can’t work and go to the Dayton Knitting Guild meetings at the same time. Or can I?

Well in this day and age of digital everything, I should be able to watch the meeting on my cell phone. I don’t have a cell phone and I’m not on Facebook. I’m on Ravelry. You can find me at: Iknit4fun2. You can tell me how you liked the meeting.

All the information you will ever need to know about the Meeting:

Regular Guild meetings are held the third Monday of each month at St. Mary’s Center
Morning Meeting: 10:00 a.m.
Evening Meeting: 7:00 p.m.
Programs are presented at both sessions.

We will meet on Monday September 19th 2016 

The topic will be:

I Bought This Yarn, Now What Will I Make With It?

Joyce Lewis will be our Presenter. She owns and operates The Yarn Shop in Columbus.

Joyce has been a part of the Dayton Knitting Guild since the very beginning. She has supported us as a vendor and as a friend. (I can’t believe I’m going to miss this one. Maybe I can get my Mother to go to the first meeting. My Mother has some yarn that she won at our Raffle that she doesn’t know what to do with)

How many times have we found yarn we couldn’t resist — only to get it home and realize we didn’t know what we would do with it. Or we bought yarn with one project in mind, then changed our minds. Or we visited a fiber festival, or a yarn crawl, or a stash sale — Come learn some tips and tricks for how to find a pattern perfect for that yarn!

No vendor this week since Woolgathering was the day before the meeting.

I’m going to miss Wool Gathering too!!! I hate my life (not really).

The best thing about doing this Blog is getting to share my “show and share”.

The photo you see is a baby sweater for a 6 month old. She or he will be born around Sept. 26th. I’m going to miss the October meeting too. I’ll be seeing the baby on October 17th in Denver, Colorado.





Check out this new website for a new knitting museum…

Dear Friend:

Thank you for your interest in the Center for Knit and Crochet! Whether you are familiar with the Center already, or just recently stopped by our booth at Vogue knitting LIVE in New York, we are excited to share news of our progress with you. We are grateful to Trisha Malcolm, Executive Editor of Vogue Knitting who spoke at the Center’s founding Symposium in Madison, Wisconsin in 2012, for making it possible for us to showcase the exciting new digital resource we are developing for knitters and crocheters at VK LIVE in January 2014. We hope you will visit us regularly at our newly re-designed website: Center for Knit and Crochet.

Who We Are:

The Center for Knit and Crochet, “CKC,” was incorporated as a non-stock corporation in the state of Wisconsin in 2012 in order to fulfill a need for knitters and crocheters to have a museum of their own. Our application for tax-exempt status as a public charity was recently filed with the IRS. Tax-exempt status will allow the CKC to pursue grants from foundations that will help us provide a broader range of resources and programs to members and the public.

Over the past year a geographically and professionally diverse nine-member volunteer Board of Directors — all knitters and/or crocheters — has guided the CKC into existence. You can meet us, and the volunteers currently working with us, by visiting our website: Our Team. Please contact any of the Board members with your questions and suggestions!

Our Mission:

Our mission is to preserve and promote the art, craft, and scholarship of knitting, crochet, and related arts. To facilitate new scholarship and increased enjoyment of these textiles, we will share them in a phenomenal new online resource that will connect knitters, crocheters, museum professionals, and members of the public with rarely exhibited examples of historical and contemporary crochet and knitting and related print media (including vintage patterns.) These will be gathered “virtually” through partnerships with participating galleries, archives, museums, libraries, private collectors, and individuals around the globe.

Truly this is an amazing moment! Establishing a digital museum for knitting, crochet, and related arts, as we envision it, simply would not have been possible a few years ago. Recent advances in technology have expanded the ways institutions like museums and libraries share access to information and objects online. Crocheters and knitters too are finding new ways to research, learn, and connect online. As a result, we are confident that we can realize a brand new model for an online museum, built on collaboration between individuals and institutions, that will inspire and engage you, and that will also preserve and promote our craft.

In addition to a searchable collections database the CKC will offer:
Demos and information on caring for and preserving your own knitted and crocheted textiles;
Interviews, blog posts, and articles by artists, designers, and museum professionals on all aspects of knitting and crochet;
Social networking that makes it possible for crocheters and knitters to share their own objects, and to contribute their knowledge and expertise to making the records for the objects in the virtual collection more complete and searchable;
Exhibitions, programs, and other events in knitting and crochet, including our own online and, eventually, in-person traveling exhibitions;
And much, much more.

Please check our website often: CKC We will be uploading new images and content regularly. And as we take our first baby steps forward, please consider getting involved! Right now you can:

Join as a Charter Member for one year for $35.00 and receive a special Center for Knit and Crochet Charter Member logo tote bag*–Contact us if you want to contribute or suggest content or images for our website–Offer your special skills and ideas to help make the Center for Knit and Crochet’s vision for a museum dedicated to knitting and crochet a reality.

Thanks again for your interest in the Center for Knit and Crochet, and please consider becoming a Charter Member!

Karen D. Kendrick-Hands
Center for Knit and Crochet

*If you decide to join the Center for Knit and Crochet as a Charter Member now your payment of $35.00 may be considered tax-deductible, except for the fair market value of $1.00 for the tote bag you will receive, when our application is approved. Although donors have no assurance that contributions are tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes until our IRS application is approved, contributions made while an application is pending will qualify if the application is approved. We will, of course, keep you informed about the status of our application.


Perfect Harmony

I had a wonderful time at the New Harmony Knitting retreat this year. Gloria and Allen Johnson used to put on this retreat with Patsy and Bob McCoy. Even though we missed all of them we had a great time. Lynn Wells took Allen’s place. We renamed her Lynnallen for the retreat. She kept the kitchen flowing and was a big help to me, before the retreat, when it came to shopping for all of the food. Thanks, Lynn for all that you did. Jackie Ritchie was the coordinator of this retreat. She sent out all of the emails and collected the deposits and made the final payment. Thank you, Jackie for all of your hard word. Barbara Richardson is the organizer of this retreat. She decided to take it on this year, for the first time. Thanks, Barbara. It was a total success.

We all arrived on Thursday October the 4th at the Barn Abbey. Everyone got their own room. Those top bunks sure are tricky to get into. Rita Alton served us her famous beef-vegetable soup for dinner. We had soup and sandwiches. Boy was it yummy. Thanks, Rita.

On Friday we had breakfast and then went to Atkinson Farm Yarns, a yarn shop in Vincennes, Indiana. Cheryl is the owner and she had lunch ready for us when we arrived. It was wonderful. She had prepared a salad bar and baked potato bar. (There was a really cool crock pot with 3 different hot items to go on the potatoes).

The group divided up and went to 2 different restaurants in New Harmony for dinner that night. After dinner I started the first program which was how to make a knitted organizer. I had made up 19 kits and had passed them out on Thursday. Sandy Koogler had already finished the knitted piece and just needed to put it onto the board. (There is a picture of Lisa Alton with her Knitted Organizer on this blog). Lisa said that it was the first time she had ever finished anything at this retreat. Lisa, you made my day.

On Saturday Katherine Misegades did her program on Twisted Stitches. She had 3 spectacular items done with this design. We could either do it in a hat or make a headband. I will have to be locked up in a room with no distractions to do the Twisted Stitches. Traditional twisted-stitch knitting is done with all knit stitches twisted. You knit in the back of all the knit stitches. The purl stitches are worked as usual. You put single stitches onto a cable needle or learn how to do it without the cable needle. If you drop a stitch it will cause you to pull your hair out or someone else’s. This is not a pattern for the beginner, that’s for sure. There is a rumor going around that Sandy Koogler has finished the headband and is going to attempt the hat.

Katherine also gave us a pattern to make a Quick Cap. It is done all in garter stitch using short-rows. You knit it from side to side. Once I figured out the pattern it was easy to make. Thanks, Katherine. I love the different techniques in this pattern.

Saturday night 9 of us went to the Red Geranium for dinner. It is elegant dining.

After dinner we played Knit-O. Knit-O is Bingo with knitting terms. Marilyn Buster was the caller. Thanks, Marilyn. We use candy corn as markers. Everyone wins something. There were knitted socks, lots of yarn, and felted oven mitts as prizes. You get to pick what prize you want. Bob McCoy used to make these really cool bowls out to turned-wood, which you could win. They were always the first prizes to go.

I am so happy that most of the knitters finished the Knitted Organizer and I have completed 2 of the Quick Caps just in time for the cold weather.

I love all of the women that keep coming back to this retreat. It wouldn’t be the same without you. I want to thank all of you for making it a perfect knitting retreat.

Happy Knitting,

Heather Janney